Category Archives: Toys

Candylab Retro Wooden Cars

Candylab Toys harkens back to a simpler time, when playthings were made of solid wood, metal, and rubber opposed to today’s flimsy plastic models.

The Brooklyn, NY based company is dedicated to crafting wooden toy cars that capture the spirit and design of American cars from the 1960s. Models include muscle cars, a police cruiser, a taxi cab, a woody wagon and even an Airstream camper.

The cars are made from solid beech wood, colored with water-based paint and a clear urethane coat. Food-grade rubber tires and ABS plastic rims are designed to handle lots of abuse. Importantly, the designs have all been safety tested to US CPSIA and European, Australian and New Zealand regulations, ensuring the young (or young-at-heart) can play without worry.

These vehicles would look equally good in a child’s toy box or on the travel shelf of a family room bookcase.

Featured above is the Lone Cactus ($25), Woodie ($35), and the Airstream Trailer ($35).

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Funko Pop!: Incredibles 2 Figures

Your favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2! This time around Helen is in the spotlight to save the world, while Bob is at home with the kids. While we eagerly await the release of Incredibles 2 collect your favorite characters from the film as Funko Pop! figures!

Check out Incredibles 2 releasing June 15th, 2018!

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Funko Cereal Coming In June

Funko Founder Michael Becker unveiled a new product line for Funko, which is cereal with mini-Pop figures included in the box. The line, which will be marketed through collectible store outlets as opposed to grocery stores, goes on sale in June 2018. As an added feature, the Elvira cereal, named after Elvira Mistress of the Dark, will turn black, and the Freddy Krueger cereal will turn red, when milk is added.

“One of the fun things is we are about to release our own line of cereal, with a mini-Pop inside,” Becker explained. “We got all the cool licenses like He-Man, Wonder Woman, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Krueger and our own Freddy Funko. We start shipping to stores in June and we have the distribution set up and the product is pre-sold. It’s just one more of those feel-good Funko items.” He continued, “I used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while I was eating cereal. There are prizes in the cereal and it will sell for $7.99 a box. When you add milk to the Freddy Krueger cereal, it looks blood red. With the Beetlejuice cereal, when you add milk it looks like slime.”

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Pop! Movies: The Sandlot Figures 

“You’re killing me Smalls.”

To mark the 25th anniversary of The Sandlot the beloved 1993 sports film is the latest project to get the Funko POP! vinyl figure treatment. The line will be available for purchase beginning in June, and among the memorable characters set to be immortalized are Smalls, Benny, Ham, Squints, The Beast, and Wendy Peffercorn. 

Look for the neighborhood legend “The Beast” at GameStop!

A 2-pack of Squints and Wendy Peffercorn can be found at Target!

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LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy Set Officially Announced

Build, play and display with this futuristic LEGO Ideas 21314 TRON: Legacy set from Disney, featuring 2 Light Cycles, each with minifigure seats and translucent-colored light-style elements, plus a divisible TRON grid with attachment points for the vehicles. Use the grid as a display base for the Light Cycles or split it in 2 to recreate the chase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie. Alternatively, stage an Identity Disc battle between the 3 included LEGO minifigures—Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler—on the grid. This construction toy includes a booklet with information about its fan creator and LEGO designers, plus the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.

The set contains 230 pieces, will retail for $34.99 and will be available on March 31.

Features:

-Includes 3 LEGO minifigures: Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler.
-Features 2 buildable Light Cycles for Sam Flynn and Rinzler, and a TRON grid/display base.
-Sam Flynn’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-blue light-style elements, including power stream effects.
-Rinzler’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-orange light-style elements, including power stream effects.
-TRON grid/display base features 2 detachable parts, attachment points for the 2 Light Cycles and translucent-blue elements.
-Divide the grid to recreate the Light Cyclechase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie, or use it to role-play the disc battle scene with the minifigures.
-Includes Quorra’s sword.
-Accessory elements include Sam Flynn and Quorra’s blue Identity Discs, and Rinzler’s 2 orange Identity Discs. Attached to the back of each minifigure.
-This construction toy includes a booklet with building instructions, information about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers, and the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.
-Each Light Cycle measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 6” (17cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
-TRON grid/display base measures over 8” (22cm) wide and 3” (9cm) deep.

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Let’s Help Author Brad Meltzer Get This Amelia Earhart LEGO Set Made!

The LEGO Ideas platform has made wonderful LEGO sets from franchises such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, WALL-E and The Bing Bang Theory come to life. The site accepts submissions from fans, and if a concept projects get enough supporters—10,000 to be exact—it moves onto a review from LEGO. Set designers and marketing representatives from LEGO evaluate the idea, and after that, the project could become a set on shelves. Author Brad Meltzer’s “I Am Amelia Earhart” set hopes to earn that honor.

Amelia Earhart was a girl who loved adventure, and never let anybody stop her from trying new things. Even things that girls had never done before—like flying all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually she broke flying records and proved to the world that women can soar just as high as men.

Based on the bestselling book series by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos, this set consists of the bright yellow biplane that Amelia Earhart bought for herself. She named it Canary (which is a cool name for a plane, right?).

Plus, you get an Amelia Earhart minifigure!

This set has a wonderful educational value, but it’s also downright fun. Fly! Zoom! And of course, soar! The presented set consists of 186 parts. The true goal is to then give fans the rest of the heroes in the book series: I am Abraham Lincoln, I am Rosa Parks, I am Albert Einstein, and so many more…

Like the book says: I am Amelia Earhart. I know no bounds. And I hope you’ll remember that the greatest flight you’ll ever take is the one no one has tried before.

This project is a collaboration between Ellen Kooijman (Alatariel) and Brad Meltzer.

Please support the project HERE if you’d like to see it as a real product and let’s shoot for 10,000+ supporters! Help give your kids real heroes!

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The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile

The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) should be available at your nearest Toys R Us store. The instructions show you how to build the regular Batmobile but there are additional instructions for the Bat-Tank and Batwing. 

Please note that you will only get enough parts in one polybag for one of the vehicles so you’ll have to purchase three polybags to create the 3 separate models.

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LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me

Announced at the New York Toy Fair, the LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me (41597) starter kit will be released in April.

The 708 piece set allows you to customize your own BrickHeadz figure and will retail for $29.99.

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Mondo Hints At Batman: The Animated Series Toy Lineup

 

Mondo, the Austin, Texas based jack of all trades pop culture emporium has released fine prints, vinyl LP’s, clothing, tiki mugs, games, pins and wonderful toys.

One toy in particular that I can’t wait to get my hot hands on is the Batman: Animated Series 1/6 scale figure due out later this year. You can still order the regular figure for $125 and the exclusive figure for $150.

You can read more about the painstaking detail and hard work that went into creating the Batman piece HERE.

Mondo fans may have already caught a glimpse of the next Batman: The Animated Series figure, Mr. Freeze at San Diego Comic Con last year. The figure will hopefully be available for pre-order in the spring. 

After that, dependent on the success of the line several characters are already in the works. The line-up that is planned so far includes: Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn and The Joker.

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Disney Toys Returning To McDonald’s Happy Meals

McDonald’s USA and The Walt Disney Company today announced a multi-year, non-exclusive agreement, to add more fun to family mealtime with Happy Meal cross-promotional campaigns in the United States.

This deal will be for select movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Live Action, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. The promotional alliance will begin in June with Incredibles 2, which arrives in theaters on June 15th, followed in the fall by Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which debuts in theaters November 21st.

McDonald’s recent “Commitment to Families” announcement is the latest in a series of customer-led changes that created new global nutrition criteria for Happy Meals, which will reduce calories, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar in many Happy Meal combinations. In June 2018, all Happy Meals offered on menu boards in the United States will be in line with Disney’s industry-leading nutrition guidelines.

“McDonald’s and Disney are two beloved family favorites and together with this alliance, we will create memorable moments for families,” said Morgan Flatley, McDonald’s USA Chief Marketing Officer.  “As we continue to build a better McDonald’s, this relationship combines ingenuity in food and entertainment to encourage more balanced meal selections in our Happy Meals and inspire families in fun and innovative ways.”

“McDonald’s commitment to balanced Happy Meals allows our two companies to collaborate on new ways to bring the magic of Disney to McDonald’s consumers,” said Tiffany Rende, Senior Vice President, Corporate Alliances, The Walt Disney Company.

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